I am sitting in am ethics lecture and he mentioned this 1997 article in Readers Digest about a man go to all 50 states and comparing different exams and treatment plans from each state. Here is a link to the full article: http://pumiliafamilydentalgroup.com/dentists.html Here is a excerpt: "Four months, 50,000 miles and 50 exams later, I concluded that going to the dentist is nothing to smile about. Dentistry is a stunningly inexact science. Even expecting that different dentists would have different, yet valid, opinions did not prepare me for the astounding variations in diagnoses I received. Some wanted only $500 to bring me up to good dental health. Others wanted ten, 20, even 50 times that amount. Surely they could not all be right." I am now curious. How would you, as a dentist or dental student treating patients, if a patient came to you and referenced this article, a similar article, or questioned your honesty, how would you respond? How would you respond if they said their friend/sister/aunt got a crown from Dr X and it was half the cost. I do not want to stir any personal arguments, but I hope this creates a positive discussion and debate on the topic of production/chairtime vs patient care, over-treatment, and responding to these type of negative attitudes from patients. What are your thoughts?